A 23-year-old Mayflower resident was arrested Monday on suspicion of setting fire to Building A at Queens Manor Apartments on Saturday.
Carlon Elias Ricks was behind bars Monday afternoon following a structure fire that destroyed a 16-unit apartment building along Highway 365 Saturday night.
Queens Manor Owner Bobby Briggs said the building was completely destroyed and is unsure at this point if insurance will cover constructing a new building.
Debris had cooled enough by Monday morning to allow authorities to begin collecting evidence to send off for further investigation.
“There were a total of 16 units completely destroyed from the fire,” Faulkner County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Adam Bledsoe said. “Investigators are investigating this as a possible arson event.”
Bledsoe said the motive behind the incident was not known as of press time Monday, but noted the investigation was ongoing.
FCSO, alongside five local fire departments, responded to the fire shortly before 6:30 p.m. Saturday.
Briggs said tenants were quickly evacuated and that no one was injured in the blaze.
In just a matter of minutes, he watched as Building A became engulfed in flames.
“It’s amazing how quickly it spread,” he said. “In just five minutes the flames spread so quickly, rising higher and higher.”
One vehicle that was parked in front of the burning building was also affected by the fire.
Bledsoe said the American Red Cross was providing aid to displaced residents at Mayflower Elementary School.
Briggs said along with that aid, local churches have been contacted to help provide resources to those affected by the fire.
Online records show Ricks was booked in the county jail at 3:04 p.m. on suspicion of arson, a Class Y felony. A bond had not yet been set by press time Monday.
Bledsoe said formal charges in this matter are pending.